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Texas House passes texting ban

Posted On Wed, April 13, 2011

Texas is one step closer to becoming the latest state to ban texting while driving.

The Texas House recently passed a bill, HB 243, that would make it illegal for motorists to text while driving. However, it would still be legal to read messages on a phone or text while stopped at an intersection.

While the bill passed with a clear majority, lawmakers who were opposed the legislation said it went too far. But Representative Tom Craddick, the chief sponsor of HB 243, said it will lead to fewer driving-related fatalities.

"The key to this is, a lot of people are being killed because of texting," said Craddick. "It's a function of safety and saving people's lives. That's what it's all about."

Should the bill pass the Texas Senate, police could fine motorists engaging in texting while driving up to $200.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, eight states ban all handheld cellphone use while driving and 30 ban text messaging. Motorists involved in accidents after violating these laws may see their auto insurance rates rise they may come to be viewed as a greater liability.

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